Gerrard’s joy at beating Man City

Steven Gerrard emotional

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard wiped away tears at the final whistle on what was an emotional day for everyone connected with Liverpool football. Anfield remembered the 96 fans who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster 25 years ago and Manchester City were beaten 3-2 at Anfield inspired by Liverpool’s Captain fantastic Steven Gerrard who was at his brilliant best in the middle of the park.

Gerrard told reporters after the match:

“Emotional. Emotional, but we need to keep calm.  There’s still four big games to come but that meant so much especially when they got back into the game and you feared the worst at that point, but I think we showed today that we want to go to the wire, we want to go all the way.  Nothing’s won yet, but that was probably the biggest statement we’ve made so far.  That was the longest 90 minutes I’ve probably ever played in. I kept flashing back to how long the clock was taking in cup finals and big games I’ve played in before but it felt like the clock was going backwards at some points of that game.”

Liverpool started the match with a spine-tingling rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and as said it turned out to be one of Liverpool’s greatest victories in Premier league. With four games to go lets hope the Reds can keep the momentum and lift the title.

“Liverpool will win the title” Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher - 2014

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool will win the Premier League title this season after the reds went top of the Premier League yesterday after thrashing Tottenham 4-0 at Anfield to take advantage on points dropped by main title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City

Carragher reckons there is a belief amongst the players and the fans that Brendan Rodgers’s side can claim a first Premier League title.

Manchester City, who trail Liverpool by four points have two games in hand and still remain the bookmakers’ favourites to win the Premier League.

Carragher told Monday Night Football:

“I think Liverpool will win it now.  The feeling before the weekend was ‘we’ve got a chance’, but those results and the intensity Liverpool played with on and off the pitch has changed that.  I’m talking about the crowd, I’m talking about the Kop. You heard the roar at the end of the game and you know something’s happening.  They are chanting for Brendan Rodgers throughout the game and I’ve never heard that before as much. They are normally singing Kenny Dalglish’s name or for Rafa Benitez a little bit, but it was all for the manager Brendan Rodgers.  After this game there is a major belief that Liverpool will go on and win the league. There’s a banner in the crowd now: ‘make us dream’ and I think they’re making the supporters believe now.  With the way they are playing – and the pace and energy they’ve got – it will be very difficult for Man City to go there and take three points.  I can only see Liverpool winning that game.”

If Liverpool continue to play the remaining of the 6 games in the same intensity and desire then we stand a great chance of winning the league – come on you reds!

Goals, goals and more goals

Cardiff 3-6 Liverpool

Liverpool continued their season of great goal scoring with their sixth win in a row by smashing Cardiff City 6-3.

Suarez was at his brilliant best again on Saturday marking his third hat-trick of the season and with with just eight matches to play, Liverpool find themselves firmly in the race for a first league championship since 1990, being just four points behind the leaders Chelsea with a game in hand.  

Suarez and Sturridge (SAS) are the most prolific strike force in Europe, with Suarez now having scored 28 times this season.

Brendan Rodgers said:

“Luis is a remarkable player who has terrific determination, desire and will and he gets his rewards. He is world class player who is enjoying his football.  Look at the runs he makes and the determination to get himself back into position when he doesn’t get the ball.

Daniel (Sturridge) also shows that great desire. He’s strong and he worked so hard to get into the box to get on to the end of Luis’ cross. The back heel for Luis’ goal was outstanding too.

Wednesday will be a great night for us. We have five games at home and three away and for us it is about the immediate future.  The fans can believe in dreams and when you see your side score six goals, you are allowed to do that.”

Defending seems to be the only problem with the Reds now and I wonder whether the carelessness at the back is due to the overconfidence the defenders have on the attacking capabilities of  front duo Suarez and Sturridge. Even though it wont be much of a problem against the lesser sides, Rodgers should make sure Liverpool don’t take this attitude when they welcome the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City which are going to be crucial matches if we want to win the title.

Suarez: I’ll stay even without Champions League qualification

Luis Suarez

Striker Luis Suarez says that he will stay at the club next season whether Liverpool qualifies for the Champions League or not.

Suarez has scored 24 Premier League goals for the current Barclay’s premier league campaign with his latest coming in the 3-0 win over Southampton which helped the Reds move into second place in the table.

The Uruguayan international who recently committed his long term future with the reds claims he is enjoying his best season since arriving at Anfield from Ajax in January 2011.

With Liverpool currently second in the table, six points ahead of fifth-place Tottenham, there is every chance Suarez could achieve his ambition of getting Liverpool back in the top four.

Quizzed whether he would stay at Liverpool if the Reds failed to secure a top-four finishes, Suárez said:

“I think so. I signed my new contract because I’m very happy here and I want to stay where I’m enjoying football and life. Playing in the Champions League isn’t dependent on that.  Any player would miss the Champions League.  We’ve not been good enough since I’ve been here to qualify, but this could definitely be our year.  It would be a frustration not to get fourth because we’ve done everything possible and given our maximum to qualify.”

There is no doubt that the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will come knocking at Liverpool’s door for Suarez once the season ends.Do you think the Reds will be able to keep hold of Suarez if they miss on top four once again?

Apply to lead a local sports ministry with Urban Saints & Kick London

Sports Ministry

I was emailed last week about an opportunity to lead a local sports ministry with Urban Saints & Kick London:

We are looking for highly motivated, sporting Christians to establish and drive a sports ministry forward in communities across the UK and Ireland.

Kick London have developed a great package to help you deliver a sports ministry wherever you live, and with the help of Urban Saints, we’re looking to roll this initiative out across the UK (and maybe beyond!). Working with schools, churches and other partners, the right people can initiate innovative outreach opportunities for children and young people. You won’t be in it alone – with two experienced mission organisations on hand to help and support you.

If the idea of serving your local Primary Schools and churches with top quality, faith-rooted sports coaching isn’t more than enough, there’s the added bonus of it being income-generating for you, your church, or your charity (eg local schools work) too!

Kick London have been doing a fantastic work over the last 10 years; running sports clubs and delivering the sports curriculum in schools PLUS helping local churches run Sports Academies as the next faith step for children. Now, through partnership together, we want to see this fantastic ministry model ‘go national’.

So if you feel called to work in sports, schools, churches and the local community and have some experience of sports coaching and the self confidence to be running your own supported ministry, we would love to hear from you.

You will need coaching and teaching skills as well as a heart to serve and the confidence to work on your own initiative.

If you’re interested in applying check out the Urban Saints webpage for more info